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New name for film and animation centre reflects leadership and philanthropy

An artists’s rendering of the new Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)–Capilano University’s board of governors is pleased to announce that the new facility being built at our North Vancouver campus has officially been named the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation.

The proposal for the name was in recognition of the Bosa family’s generous $6 million gift in support of the facility and Nat Bosa’s leadership in the community.

Nat Bosa has an international reputation as a development industry leader, built through a commitment to forward thinking, integrity and quality. He and his wife, Flora, are also well-known for their philanthropy and generous assistance of organizations – from a downtown San Diego school serving the homeless and at risk children to their generous and ongoing support of the arts.

“I am very committed to supporting education,” Bosa said. “It is my belief that we have all the talent in the world here, and that if we nurture that talent with the proper training and technology, students will flourish.”

Phase one of the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation was funded by a $30.2 million combined contribution from the federal government (through Industry Canada’s Knowledge Infrastructure program) and British Columbia’s provincial government.

Capilano’s chancellor, Peter Ufford, emphasized the important roles that both government and members of the private sector play in enabling the future success of students.

“I want to commend Nat and Flora Bosa, as well as the governments of B.C. and Canada, for their most generous support of this new Centre for Film and Animation,” he said. “As Capilano continues its transition from a 40-year-old college to that of a new teaching-focused university, we are greatly encouraged by this demonstration of confidence in our institution. It serves as a leading example for those who are considering contributing to the new centre and other deserving expansion projects at all three of the University’s campuses.”

When complete, the structure will be approximately 6,400 sq. metres (69,000 sq. ft.) and will serve about 400 students annually. It will become a new focal point for the campus, creating a hub at the north end where our main bus loop is now positioned.

Cannon Design has been contracted as architects. They are ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for healthcare, science and technology, education, sports and recreation, commercial and government clients. MHPM Project Leaders Inc. has been contracted for project management and Ledcor is the construction management team.

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